Moral reconation therapy (MRT) is a cognitive behavioral therapy used for reinforcing abstinence and as a relapse prevention strategy. Moral reconation therapy is held in group counseling sessions. Substance abusers meet as a group weekly (sometimes twice weekly), for a period of three to six months. Positive moral reasoning is taught and cultivated during these sessions.
Using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) as a base, moral reconation therapy is a mixture of other forms of psychological therapy as well. The goals are to cultivate positive growth on three levels: social, moral, and behavioral. Skills training is given with specific exercises and assignments which are reviewed in the sessions using workbooks. To learn more about treatment facilities and treatment programs for battling addiction, contact Boise rehab centers at (208) 272-9857.
In a study done by G.L. Little and K.D. Robinson, the effectiveness of MRT was measured in substance abusers. Alcohol abusers and drug users with low moral reasoning skills participated. The group of 102 individuals took the full MRT course.
It was found that levels of moral reasoning did improve. The MRT components also encouraged the participants to complete the MRT itself. The attendance of other therapies was also improved. MRT seemed to work better in smaller groups and in short terms so a need to repeat MRT in cycles was revealed.
Poor moral reasoning and making the resulting poor decisions is typically found in substance abusers. People making judgments about right and wrong from low levels of moral reasoning do not respond well to punishment or counseling. They must be confronted with the consequences of their behavior and the effects on those around them.
MRT looks at beliefs and accompanying low levels of reasoning. Steps are taken for people to change how they reason and make positive judgments based on what is right and wrong. It approaches the problem of treating substance abusers as those who have problems of low levels of moral reasoning. Moral doesn't have a spiritual component, but is theoretical in that moral reasoning is how a person decides what to do and not do when faced with a decision.
Drug treatment and alcohol addiction centers use MRT as a therapeutic base for modifying how an addict reasons when faced with a decision, particularly when they are thinking about whether to use or not. When an addict recognizes using is wrong for the negative consequences it will bring to themselves and those around them, they should choose not to use. The addict now has a coping skill to stay sober or to seek help right away if a relapse happens.
No single drug addiction treatment plan fits all. Customized programs can help to meet the user's needs. You or a loved one who needs help with addiction can get the recovery tools to lead an addiction-free life. Call Boise Drug Treatment Centers to learn more about available treatment facilities options that can help you get better right now. Dial (208) 272-9857 today.